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NASA Tries To Launch Antares Rocket Once Again

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UPDATE: 11:14 a.m.- NASA tweeted there's an 80% chance of a Sunday lift-off, between 5-7 p.m. EST from Wallops Island. But surface winds is the primary concern, according to NASA.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Systems were not a go. NASA pulled the cord on Saturday's Antares Rocket launch, because winds were too strong.

"There's no lose of 'oh it didn't go off this time,' everybody is like 'we hope this is the time'," said Morgan Riley, of Virginia.

What was originally scheduled for a Wednesday launch is now pushed back to Sunday.

Orbital Sciences, a commercial company contracted by NASA to transport supplies to the International Space Station, said high winds forced the cancellation of the launch of this test rocket from the East Coast.

"If it goes off tomorrow, I'll be happy," said Susan Haase, of New Jersey. " I can see it tomorrow."

Apparently waiting for the big blast off is half the fun.

"It's like one of those things. Going to a major league sports game and hoping for your team to win," said Riley. "You don't necessary expect that it is going to happen but a lot of the fun is coming, seeing and waiting and hoping."

Riley had one of the best seats in the house.

"Right next to the marsh. I got my camera, my binoculars and a nice chair to sit down into. Have food and snacks."

The delayed launch is designed to test whether or not a practice payload could reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.

Robert Safrit camped-out on Wallops Island, during each attempt to launch the Antares Rocket. Safrit said he will keep coming back until blast off.

"I never seen one go up in my life, this is my first and this is my first grandson and wife Bonnie," said Safrit.

Safrit lit up like a little kid when explaining his love for space.

"I think it's actually cool to see a rocket launch all the way into space," said 10-year-old Tessa DeBastiani, of New Jersey.

Tessa said she is crossing her fingers for Sunday's launch.

"It looks, looks pretty good tomorrow, I don't have the exact percentage but it looks pretty good but you never know," said Orbital Science's Barry Benski.

Benski said he is wearing his lucky tie.

"I'm hoping it will bring us better weather luck tomorrow[Sunday]," said Benski.

Orbital is 1 of 2 companies partnered with NASA after the ended of NASA's shuttle program in 2011. California-based SpaceX is the other. SpaceX completed its third supply run to the International Space Station last month. If all goes well, Orbital will complete its first supply run this summer.

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